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    Canadian Silver Coins Available from JM Bullion

    The Royal Canadian Mint is one of the world’s most prolific refiners of gold and silver. Operating two branch mint locations, the RCM’s Ottawa Mint is home to the products that investors care about most: gold bullion coins, gold bullion bars, and silver bullion coins. The Canadian Maple Leaf Series is a leader across the industry in all metals, but it is far from the only major silver bullion coin you ca purchase when shopping the mint. Below you can read more about the Canadian Maple Leaf and other series available at the Royal Canadian Mint.

    Monarch Portraits at the Royal Canadian Mint

    The date of issue and, in some cases, the program of issue can impact which monarch features on the Royal Canadian Mint silver coins. The vast majority of Canadian bullion issued in the modern era features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. As of 2024, King Charles III features on Canadian bullion. Designs from the history of Canadian coinage include:

    • Arnold Machin’s portrait of Elizabeth II was used through 1989.
    • Dora de Pedery-Hunt was the first Canadian artist to create a portrait and her Elizabeth II bust was used through 2002/03.
    • Susanna Blunt’s bust of Elizabeth II was the first to lack a crown and was used through 2023.
    • Steven Rosati created a bust of His Majesty King Charles III for use on coins starting in 2024.

    Canadian Silver Maple Leaf

    Introduced in 1988, the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coin is the official silver bullion coin of Canada. The coin was groundbreaking when it was first released as it became the first-ever .9999 pure silver bullion coin in the world. In keeping with the design trend set by its counterpart, the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, the reverse of the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coin has always featured the sugar maple leaf design from Walter Ott on the reverse design element.

    The obverse side of Canadian Silver Maple Leafs features a bust of the reigning monarch from Britain based on the date mark of the coin.

    Other notable changes that have come to the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf largely focus on security enhancements and include:

    • Radial lines: The background field on both sides of the coin now features radial lines to help deter counterfeiting.
    • Maple leaf privy marks: The maple leaf privy mark isn’t just for beauty, it is for security. The laser-engraved privy has the date mark visible in the center, but only under intense magnification.
    • MINTSHIELD: Introduced in 2018 on the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf, MINTSHIELD technology added an invisible layer of protection to silver bullion coins from the mint in a bid to prevent the occurrence of milking, or white spots, on silver bullion coins.

    In addition to the standard silver bullion version of the coin, you can regularly find the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf available as a colorized BU coin, a gilded BU coin with 24-karat gold layered on the sugar maple leaf, and in the popular Four Seasons Set.

    Canadian Silver Wildlife

    If any mint could challenge the beautiful, wildlife-themed designs of the Perth Mint in Western Australia, it is surely the Royal Canadian Mint. Its Canadian Wildlife Series was its first collection of wildlife-themed coins aimed at providing investors with .9999 pure silver coins that had images of native wildlife from Canada and the broader North American continent. The six-coin series offered the following designs:

    • 2011 Wolf
    • 2011 Grizzly Bear
    • 2012 Canadian Moose
    • 2012 Cougar
    • 2013 Wood Bison
    • 2013 Pronghorn Antelope

    Each of the design releases was capped at a maximum mintage of 1,000,000 coins. The only real change to come to the series was in 2013. Emily Damstra took over designing the final two releases and the reverse design element gained a more distinctive border field around the central design element, whereas the original four issues had no distinctive break between the design and a border element.

    Canadian Silver Birds of Prey

    Arguably one of the most popular wildlife-themed coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, Canadian Birds of Prey Series coins were so popular the series went through two iterations. In 2014-2015, the coins were released as traditional Brilliant Uncirculated coins. Starting in 2016, the Royal Canadian Mint re-released the four-coin series with reverse proof visuals for each design. This meant the coins were now available with frosted background fields and mirrored design elements.

    Once again, the Birds of Prey Series had 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver per coin with a maximum mintage of 1,000,000 coins per design in the original series. The Reverse Proof Birds of Prey Series was much harder to get by comparison with a limited mintage of only 100,000 coins per design. The four designs featured in both series include:

    • Bald Eagle
    • Peregrine Falcon
    • Great Horned Owl
    • Red-Tailed Hawk

    Wild Canada Silver

    Given the continued success and interest in wildlife-themed coins, the Royal Canadian Mint did something it does on a regular basis: introduce privy marks. The Wild Canada Silver coin series was a six-coin release of Canadian Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins with small privy marks on the reverse that honored the animals from the original Canadian Wildlife Series. Each of the coins was released in the same order as the original collection with a small privy mark representing the wolf, grizzly, moose, cougar, wood bison, and pronghorn antelope.

    Things were significantly different in this release for a number of reasons though. First and foremost, the mintage figure was nowhere near the 1,000,000 coins offered in the Canadian Wildlife Series. Instead, each privy-marked Silver Maple Leaf had a mintage cap of just 50,000 silver coins. Additionally, the coins were now struck in reverse proof with frosted background fields and mirrored design elements. The coins were released in the following order:

    • 2016 Wolf
    • 2016 Grizzly Bear
    • 2017 Cougar
    • 2017 Moose
    • 2018 PronghornAntelope
    • 2018 Wood Bison

    Predator Series Silver

    One new series the Royal Canadian Mint recently wrapped up production of was the Predator Series of silver coins. Another Brilliant Uncirculated collection, these coins featured many of the same creatures from previous collections, but with a much more dangerous focus on the lethality of these animals in the wild. The new Predator Series of silver coins was introduced at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany, on February 5, 2016.

    As with many other silver bullion collections from the Royal Canadian Mint, this series includes a maximum mintage of 1,000,000 coins for each of the four designs, with each coin boasting 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver. More importantly, the mint rolled out new designs for each of the coins issued in this series. Even though many of these animals have featured on Canadian coins in the past, none were captured in this same manner. The designs in the series were released one per year in the following order:

    • 2016 Cougar
    • 2017 Lynx
    • 2018 Wolf
    • 2019 Grizzly Bear

    Creatures of the North Silver

    The latest series introduced by the Royal Canadian Mint puts a true twist on its wildlife themes. Creatures of the North debuted in 2020 with the Kraken design and has a focus on animals that may, or may not depending on your personal views, exist in the world. Unlike other collections, this series uses 2 Troy oz .9999 pure silver coins to deliver stunning visuals and all of the hallmarks you’ve come to trust in Royal Canadian Mint coinage. Each release has the laser-engraved maple leaf privy on the reverse as well as radial lines around the perimeter.

    Other Commemorative Silver

    The Royal Canadian Mint is an unquestioned global leader in the production of commemorative coins. Whether it is one-time issues of Brilliant Uncirculated coins or varying small programs with proof and colorized proof visuals, the Royal Canadian Mint stands tall in this genre with more collections than you can count. Below is a list of some of the many programs that have featured at JM Bullion from the Royal Canadian Mint’s commemorative collections:

    • Magnificent Maple Leaf: Issued in 2020, this is a 10 oz Silver Maple Leaf with its own distinct design of the sugar maple leaf.
    • Canadian Goose: Another 2020 release, this coin delivers a previous Canadian silver dollar design from the 1960s on a brand-new bullion specimen.
    • Star Trek Colorized Proofs
    • Passion to Play: This series was a colorized 1/2 oz silver series representing all seven NHL franchises based in Canada.
    • 3/4 oz Proof Colorized Silver: Not necessarily a collective series unto itself, this is a popular weight the RCM uses for other small collections such as the Birds Among Nature, Great Canadian Outdoors, and Celebration of Spring series.
    • 5 oz Silver Bullion: The RCM has issued one-time coins and mini-series of coins using this weight to include the Canadian Silver SuperLeaf, Canadian Grizzly Bear, and The Canadian Bison.

    Investing in Canadian Silver with JM Bullion

    If you’re interested in owning Canadian silver coins, JM Bullion customer service can help you locate in-stock items and answer any questions you might have about these products. Please call us at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or email us directly.